What do you do when you’ve already starred on Neighbours, been the lead singer of The Rogue Traders and become a judge on The X Factor? For mum of two Natalie Bassingthwaighte, 39, the next step was to add a baby skincare line to her already successful brand, Chi Khi.
Speaking exclusively to The Motherish about transitioning into a career as an entrepreneur, Bassingthwaighte said, “I was at a point in my life where you never know when being in the entertainment industry and how long it will last. When will you no longer be the flavour of the month? I knew The X Factor wanted to shake up the whole panel and do something different. So for me, the whole thing felt right for me. Five seasons was enough.”
"I felt last year that I had such a memorable year and a hard year as well, personally and privately, I just felt like I was ready to close that door and take some new steps and see what the world has to offer. I’ve always been interested in investing in other things and I thought, why not invest in something that means something to me and that I would also be creatively inspired by? My kids, love of architecture, design and fashion, Chi Khi just kind of went from there," she continued.
But while Bassingthwaighte appears to have it all, she doesn't deny that being a working mum is incredibly hard. "It’s completely and utterly crazy, I won’t lie. Sometimes I’m laughing and having a great old time with them with them, sometimes I’m ripping my hair out. I’m a working mum though, I have no idea how any of us balance it all. But you just have to, you do," she explained.
Yet she doesn't do it all on her own. "I have a great support network that has helped. My husband is great, I have an awesome family, people who are working on Chi Khi and other things for me are just amazing. I definitely couldn’t be doing it without them," Bassingthwaighte said.
When it comes to the hardest thing about being a working parent, Bassingthwaighte said balance is the most difficult thing to maintain. "I get asked, 'How do you balance?' I think, 'I have no idea!' No day is the same and obviously as a parent, every mum knows that no day is the same anyway because their kids could be sick, then the next day the other one is sick. There’s no real constant. As a Virgo, that’s quite hard to take. I’m all about order and structure," she revealed.
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